We have designed this site to ensure that as many people as possible can use it. This includes people with visual impairments and motor or cognitive disabilities.
You can change colours and background of your web page by selecting one of the three styles that appear on each of the site pages:
We have also provided a separate style which will be activated if you print one of the pages.
You can increase the text size in the following browsers:
The OSIER projects asks users who provide resources for the site to ensure that these are as accessible as possible. Some resources may include files such as Macromedia Flash animations. These are not accessible to assistive technologies.
Keyboard users can tab through the links on each page, without having to use a mouse. Links are highlighted when they are tabbed over. We have added a focus state to links specifically to cater for this.
Mac users may find that they cannot use the tab key to navigate through links, because this is not set up as the default on most Mac versions of browsers. The solution varies from browser to browser:
If you are using earlier versions of the OS and browser, you may need to make further changes within the browser settings - follow this link to find out how.
Note that keyboard navigation in Opera differs from most other browsers - see below and follow this link.
If you have motor difficulties, the visual browser Opera has keyboard shortcuts to aid navigation, such as:
To allow users of screen reader software to navigate these pages more easily, we have added a 'Skip Navigation' link at the top of the page. This gives the user the option to bypass the navigational elements and go straight to the main content.
We have tested this site for display and usability using the following web browsers:
There are several other things that you can do to improve your experience whilst using the internet. The following websites provide useful information on customizing webpages: